Rockstar have put together a promotional piece detailing the massive amount of effort they've spent creating a real-life L.A. experience with their upcoming Midnight Club Los Angeles racing title. Read on to discover more!
"Since the earliest days of the PlayStation 2, the Midnight Club series has offered a true open-world racing experience. They were the first racing games to give players the freedom to find their own route through real world environments. By taking detailed recreations of modern cities, and carefully modifying and improving them with insane stunt jumps and shortcuts, Midnight Club established a style that made every race unique. With each new installment, the series continued to innovate, improving on the premise that open, real world environments and insanely fast racing action make for one of the most exciting combinations gaming can provide..."
Midnight Club Los Angeles takes full advantage of the potential in the current generation of hardware to exceed all expectations. And that begins with the city of Los Angeles that Rockstar San Diego has conjured up. It’s the most detailed and evocative real-world location ever to exist inside a game. From the Ferris Wheel on the Santa Monica Pier to the Chateau Marmont above Sunset Boulevard, there’s an instant hit of recognition as you turn every corner of the city. Each street, underpass, and back alley of Los Angeles has been transposed from the real world and then ever so lovingly tweaked for racing perfection. It’s the idealized version of Los Angeles, designed to be navigated at break neck speeds. And all of this detail isn’t just for show: when you’re making split second decisions at 245 mph, you’ll want to learn every twist and turn, and know the topography of the city like the back of your hand. So by way of introduction, here are just a few of the many landmarks you’ll be getting to know.
Santa Monica Pier
Opened on September 9th, 1909, the carousel and Ferris wheel on the Santa Monica Pier have been prime destinations for millions of tourists. The cheap burger joints and seafood shacks that line the pier do little to detract from its incredible views of the Pacific Ocean and surrounding beaches. The entrance marks the symbolic finish line of Route 66, but its long wooden deck is the perfect place to start a midnight run, or blast off its steep incline and catch some massive air on one of the better jumps in the game. Whether you’re shooting the trestles underneath the pier, or taking a shortcut across the sand and through the adjoining parking lots, the Santa Monica pier offers some of the most iconic and exhilarating moments in you’ll find.
The Hollywood Sign
Probably the single most iconic billboard in the world, Hollywood’s famous 9-letter sign was originally constructed in 1923 as just another ad for a new housing estate called Hollywoodland. But times change, and the former ad has taken on a deeper meaning as a potent symbol of making it big in the land of celebrity. Visible from most parts of town, it serves as a constant reminder that you’ve always got another race to run.